Sunday, April 25, 2010


Well, it's been a few days since I instigated my new bedtime rules, and though still not perfect, things are definitely changing for the better. I have been sticking to my 'no coffee after 4pm' rule like glue and I gotta say, it's decreasing my total coffee consumption for the day. I never realised how much coffee I drank in the afternoon and evening. I guess it starts with that 3pm crash where you feel like you could just crawl into bed and since I can't really do that with two kids, I would opt for the cup of Joe to keep me going. But these past few days I haven't been feeling that tired in the afternoon. Who knew that a little change like forgoing coffee could effect so much!

Where I have not been as diligent in the new rules is 'getting daily exercise'. I have recently entered into a mutual acountability running relationship with a friend whereby we meet once a week for a run together and then run twice on our own in that same week. The whole point is to become more physically fit by encouraging and being accountable to each other. Well, I'm a little ashamed to admit that I haven't been holding up my end of the bargain. I haven't run in quite a few days. For crying out loud, 'go for a run' has been on my to-do-list for the past 5 days. Maybe if I put it at the top of the list instead of at the bottom, I might actually get to put a check mark beside it, instead of circling it numerous times and writing in bold thrashing letters TOMORROW!!!!

Well, progress is progress, I guess. I can at least say for all my efforts so far, I'm actually going to bed earlier than I had been a few weeks ago. I'm averaging around 12:45 now... Which means it's time to sign off.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Time for a plan

Enough is enough.

I'm tired when I wake up. I'm tired throughout the day. I have no energy. I'm tired in the evening. I fall asleep on the couch, but when I finally drag myself to bed, I'm wide awake. This has got to stop. So, I'm making a plan.

Currently, I go to bed around 1:30am and Ethan wakes up around 7am. I snooze around in bed for another 3 hours then stumble downstairs and head straight for the coffee maker. Of course when Andrew is not here, I get up out of bed when Ethan does, but this morning when I approached the coffee machine and realised to my horror that there was no coffee to be found in the house, something had to change.

I'm making some new rules for myself.

1. No coffee or caffinated beverages after 4pm

2. Set a regular bedtime and stick to it (my goal is 11:00. Every few days I will go to bed half an hour earlier until I make it to 11:00.

3. Establish a bedtime routine. Ethan has one. Rueben has one. I should have one. For those interested it will be this: load and turn on dishwasher @ 10:30. Make cup of decaf tea. PJ's and wash up. Read in bed until 11:00. Lights out.

4. Go outside and get some fresh air everyday.

5. Get some kind of physical activity everyday (even if all it is is carting laundry up and down the stairs.

Hopefully, with these new 'rules' I will be getting a full restful night's sleep and feel refreshed in the morning.

Monday, April 19, 2010

bloggings of a sleep deprived mother.

Well, it's 1:49am. I'm tired, but I'm not tired. 20 minutes ago I was falling asleep on the couch in the livingroom. The problem is now that I've dragged myself upstairs and into bed, I'm no longer sleepy.

BING, I'm wide awake.

I know I should be getting some shut eye. The boys and I decided that tomorrow we were going to spend the morning at the pier and beach in White Rock, so I know I'm gonna need to get up early. But I just can't convince myself to turn off the computer and the lights and get a good nights sleep.

I should... I should... I think I'm going to play some text twist to wind down... maybe...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Life List on SuperViva

Several years ago I compiled a life list: a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my lifetime. The list is a motley crew of travel destinations and personal achievements, with a hint of mundane life stuff on the side. One of my items is to read all the books on my bookshelf. If you know me, you'll know that I don't just have a colletion of books, I have a (self described) library of books. Yes, the two things which I can thank my father for are his love of books, and his love of keeping books. I can't help myself... The smell, the feel of the pages, cozying up on the couch with a hot cuppa, a blanket, fireplace on and a good book... what else could an Englsh lit major ask for?

So, I've decided it's time to read them all, from A to Z, and I'm not allowed to buy a new book until I'm finished. How's that for motivation! The plan is read all the books, even the ones I've already read, from the top left corner all the way over to the bottom right. From novels, through the plays and poetry and past the literary giants, to the self help, mom help and travel guides, then on to the mounting stack of magazines.

So far I've checked off:

Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson Dargatz
A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson Dargatz
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I've just pulled Jane Austen off the shelf. Time to get cracking.

Check out my life list here:

daiseechain's Life List on SuperViva - Make a Life List to Live Your Best Life - Achieve Your Goals

You Gotta Get Up To Get Down!

"I'm too much hungry, that's why I want a small pampake"

Saturday morning, and we're making pancakes. It's 11:30 and Rueben just woke up. That kid sure loves his sleep. Ethan has been busy mixing pancake batter with Andrew.

kate: Ethan, can you say pancakes?
Ethan: Pampakes. pam... pampakes.
kate: can you say regular?
Ethan: regaleger.

When Ethan was younger and expanding his vocabulary, Andrew suggested we make a list of all his misspronounced words. It all started with the word helicopter, or as Ethan used to say, Amodacher. Living room used to be rubaben, but I noticed the other day he actually said livingroom as if that's how he has been saying since day 1. Funny how fast your kids grow up and you don't really notice it until you turn and look back on how far they've come.

Friday, April 9, 2010

It's about time...

I didn't think this day would ever come! Right now, as we speak, (you know what I mean) I am happily blogging away while sitting on the couch in the livingroom. Yes, that's right folks. We finally have a fully functioning internet connection. And to make matters even better, I'm blogging on a brand new laptop computer.

This is big news in my books. I can't remember the last time I had my hands on a full size keyboard. Now I can blog, chat, check email, watch season 6 of LOST and facebook all from the comfort of my very own couch... or starbucks, if I so choose. And you know I'm gonna choose starbucks. This week alone I got 3 free cappuccinos and 1 venti drink for the price of a tall. Yet another perk from this week.

I should sign off and go make some dinner. Oh, who am I kidding... I'm ordering in so I can sit on the couch and get caught up on LOST!!!